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>d DISTRIBUTORS Castella Imports Inc. One of a Kind Castella Imports says it has grown to be one of the largest specialty importers and manufacturers in the United States. By Alan Dorich ome companies decide to serve only one type of client, but Castella Imports Inc. refuses to limit its options, Vice President Chris Valsamos says. “We like to [go after the] global marketplace,” he says. Based in Hauppauge, N.Y., Castella Imports sells specialty foods, spices, olives, cheeses and other products imported from around the world. Valsamos’ father, President Bill Valsamos, founded the firm nearly 20 years ago, after working for several different companies. The elder Valsamos, Chris Valsamos explains, company profile had a mission in mind for Castella Imports. “His vision was to incorporate items that were staples of Castella Imports Inc. distributors, like spices and olives,” he explains. 20 sales: $50 million+ 10 “[My father] wanted to be able to do a one-stop Headquarters: Hauppauge, N.Y. Employees: 150 shop, but to incorporate enough selections where Specialty: Specialty foods, spices, they would be highly valuable freight-wise and price olives and cheeses Chris Valsamos, vice presiwise [so customers would] buy from one vendor.” dent: “Castella has the ability to When Castella Imports opened, it had a modest weather downturns.” start with a 15,000-square-foot location in 126 food & drink • fall 2011 • << Castella Imports specializes in selling specialty foods, olives, cheeses and spices to retail customers, and is one of the largest companies of its kind in the United States. S Hicksville, N.Y. Additionally, Valsamos began the company with little capital, Chris Valsamos says. However, the company grew over time and moved to a 66,000-square-foot location in Farmingdale, N.Y., in 1999. Four years later, Castella Imports acquired Millflow Spice Corp. and Regal Extra Co., which helped improve its stature as one of the largest spice firms in the Northeast. In 2004, Castella Imports also acquired Salvati Foods, an Italian specialty food manufacturer and moved to its current location, a 3.5-million-cubic-foot building in Hauppauge. Today, Castella Imports is one of the largest specialty food importers and manufacturers in the

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Food and Drink - Fall 2011

Food and Drink - Fall 2011
Tableside Chat
News a la Carte
In the Safe Zone
Strengthing Brands
Restaurants: Smart Marketing
Willie’s Restaurants
Slack’s Hoagie Shack
The Cheese Steak Shop
Aloha Hospitality Inc.
Bertucci’s Corp
Falcon Holdings LLC
Mark’s Pizzeria
Seasons Pizza
San Diego State University Dining Services
Producers: Food Law
Brook & Whittle Ltd. incorporating Packstar
Nestle Professional Caribbean
Snyder’s-Lance Inc.
Basic American Foods
Evolution Fresh
Berto’s Gelato & Sorbet
Jensen Meat Co
Tumbador Chocolate
Leclerc Foods USA Inc.
FX Matt Brewing Co.
Green Organic Vegetable Inc.
Deli Star Inc.
Always Bagels
National Choice Bakery
Sequoia Orange Co.
Spring Glen Fresh Foods
Westshore Pizza
Distributors: Total Recall
Columbia Distributing
Castella Imports Inc.
Co-Sales Company
Brick Brewing Co. Limited
Prime Distributors
Retailers: What’s in Store
AriZona Beverage Co.
Le Grand Marche
Three Things

Food and Drink - Fall 2011